Rural Tourism Accommodation

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RuTA1102

RuTA - 1102
Lund University / se Sweden
2 members
Minh Do Quang
Simon Sivertsen

Project type:
Turística

THE PROBLEM - WATER SCARCITY
Only 39% of rural population have access to fresh water. Despite many rivers that cross Vietnam, many of its communities have poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation, often due to a lack of infrastructure and financial capacity as well as the impacts of climate change.

WATER BECOME PRIVATE
In mountainous areas like Mu Cang Chai, the problem is even more severe because of the peculiarity of topography, where underground water is scarce. Locals often lack freshwater for daily use and have to get water from gutters coming out from the mountain. Furthermore, with the pressure from increasing number of tourists to the area, freshwater use is growing shaprly and become extremely expensive. Only hotels and resorts can afford to buy it from water supply companies.

THE PROPOSAL - WATER FOR THE COMMUNITY

RECIPROCITY - A NEW ORDER
In our entry we set out to challenge the status quo of tourism: the typical case of external entrepreneurs or organizations establishing detached tourist strongholds primarily for their own advancement. We want to turn this around. The demands and desires of the local population should be established first. By integrating water infrastructure into the tourism accomodations, the tourist could contribute to community by paying for providing and maintaining freshwater for the locals. Only ensuing is tourism integrated in this new reciprocal order. We believe that this could be an important step towards sustainable tourism.

TRANSLATION OF THE FIELD
By integrating the concept into the fields between the accommodations and the village, a landmark is created both for the tourists and the locals. The landscape with the existing terraces where Hmong residents cultivate rice is the source of inspiration for the shape for the upcoming building.
As the region is in need of water, a sustainable solution for collecting rainwater is developed. The organic shape of the fields is translated into the roofscapes for water collection while also providing a shelter for the community hub underneath.

COMMUNITY HUB - FOR LOCALS AND TOURISTS
The rainwater that is filtered through the roofs provides both the community hub and the village with fresh water. In the community hub both tourists and locals are invited to use the facilities - kitchen, workshop and flexible space that can be used for classes, exhibitions, markets, yoga, and as a general meeting point. Both groups benefit through the exchange of knowledge and experiences that can be shared and spread.

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